New U.S. Strategy for Afghanistan

Afghanistan Welcomes the New U.S. Strategy

Barack Obama President of the United States of America announced on Tuesday evening in his speech to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., that United States of America will send a further 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, in addition to significantly increasing its civilian efforts. This announcement by President Obama was widely welcomed inside and outside the Afghanistan.  

By Bashir Ahmad Shukran
Updated: (12.03.2009)

Afghanistan Welcomes the New U.S. Strategy

Barack Obama President of the United States of America announced on Tuesday evening in his speech to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., that United States of America will send a further 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, in addition to significantly increasing its civilian efforts. This announcement by President Obama was widely welcomed inside and outside the Afghanistan.

President Hamid Karzai Office welcomed the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan by issuing a press release. Government of Afghanistan support decision made by President Obama to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

President Obama said: "The 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 the fastest pace possible so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers."

In his speech, President Obama underlined that the Afghan authorities must gradually take over responsibility for development and security in Afghanistan. He assured the U.S. nation that United States forces will begin coming home in July 2011. He also said that the increased number of troops will increase our ability to train competent Afghan security forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight. And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans.

Afghanistan believes that setting a time table for the reduction of the US forces in Afghanistan will pave the way for the growth if the Afghan security forces and the eventually to self-reliance.

"We will continue to advice and assist Afghanistan's security forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government and, more importantly, to the Afghan people that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country," Obama said.

Press Release issued by the Office of President


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